Uterine Fibroids and Heavy Periods
Uterine fibroids and heavy periods often go hand in hand as this condition causes havoc with your normal monthly cycles. Very often, the bleeding is not only heavy, but may last for longer than a normal period (more than 8 days) or might happen in between cycles.
Not only is the bleeding inconvenient. Heavy periods caused by uterine fibroids can be very painful and if left unchecked, can leave a woman dangerously anemic.
There are a number of simple steps you can take to help alleviate both the pain and the volume of blood lost.
* Anti-inflammatories are helpful to some women (such as Ibruprofen)
* Lie down with your legs elevated
* Try using heat therapy-either a heat pad/hot water bottle or warm bath. Any of these will help with pain relief and to improve the blood flow around the pelvic region
* Do not use tampons as these can cause further cramping
* Gentle exercise will help relieve cramps and improve the blood flow
* Nutritional supplements such as Vitamins A, C & E together with Folic Acid and Vitamin B12 will help.
Your uterine fibroids and heavy periods may well have left you anemic. If this is the case, you should take an iron supplement to replenish the lost red blood cells. Iron rich foods such as lean organic red meat, leafy green vegetables, cereals and bread fortified with iron are all good natural sources.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Fibroids and heavy periods after miscarriage. Need to worry?
16 weeks ago sadly I had a missed miscarriage (was 12 wks). I bled for a few weeks and had a couple of internal scans. The last one showed that there was still something inside my uterus and also that I have fibroids. My gp assured me on more than one occasion that there’s nothing to worry about, but of course as I do as I am 38 and that was my first pregnancy. My bf split up a few weeks after the miscarriage so I’m not on the pills. My periods seem normal now timing- wise (well, varying between 26 – 28 days), but they are coming so heavy, with just a few clots, and I’ve been having headaches (which I did before I started with the pills years ago) and feeling drained, emotionally and physically. Is it normal to have heavy periods after a miscarriage? And are fibroids something I should worry about?
Uterine fibroids, pain, heavy bleeding and irregular periods?
I have multiple large and small fibroids, severe endometriosis, severe adhesions (they thought I’d had chemo). I used to have very regular periods but they are now irregular and heavy with a long pms time around when I expect a period. I was getting one heavy one about every other month having to change pads every 15 minutes for one day of it. And a lighter one in between with alot of spotting. But sometimes I can have pms symptoms like I’m starting and not start for a couple weeks. (They say it’s inoperable.) Is this common? What should I be worried about? What can I do?
I had this same problem in 2005, I experienced heavy bleeding and it continued for about a week, quit with just spotting and then back to bleeding again. This was so bad it put me in a very weak state and finally decided to visit obgyn and had blood test and ultra sound done. I was so low on blood that I had to have 4 pints replaced due to so much blood loss. The ultra sound showed a fibroid tumor. I had a total abdominal hysterectomy in September 2005 and the tumor removed. The fibroid tumor was causing the main problem for me, making my periods unbearable. Now I feel fine health wise, my blood count is back up, but of course I went straight to menopause, but I’m handling it the best I can. I wish you luck, have your blood checked for anemia and an ultra sound to see where and how large the fibroids are.
Can FIBROIDS cause heavy periods?
Abnormal uterine bleeding, heavy menstruation or menorrhagia is usually the result of a hormonal imbalance in adolescents during the years following the onset of menstruation, or in women who are approaching menopause.
Menstruation is often irregular or heavy during these times because, depending on hormonal levels, the ovaries may or may not release an egg. Another common cause of abnormal uterine bleeding is fibroid tumors.
Other causes of excessive bleeding that your doctor should consider include:
* Cervical or endometrial polyps
* Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
* Cervical cancer
* Endometrial cancer.
Women using intrauterine devices (IUDs) for birth control, may also experience excessive or prolonged periods. If you experience menorrhagia while using an IUD, the IUD should be removed and replaced with an alternative birth control method.
I would recommend consulting with your doctor/gynaecologist for further evaluation. They will need to run some tests in order to properly diagnose you with what could be the cause of this.
Good luck 🙂
I am havin a scan next week, maybe got fibroids as very heavy periods. Has anyone out there had the same.?
my mate did she had the operation to take everything away she was bad good luck
im a 40 yr old mother of two and im having heavy periods with large clots. could this be fibroids?
im not getting cramps, just REALLY heavy flow.
Yes. I started having the same kinds of problems (only with bad cramps) just before I turned 30. I suffered with it for 10 years and finally had a hysterectomy. Nowadays, they have more treatments for fibroids that don’t require hysterectomy. You should definitely go to your OB/GYN and get checked.
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